The “Will Anyone Read This?” Edition of the Friday Files

Will anyone read this?

No, that isn’t some ploy for pity; and I am not wallowing in self-loathing.  My traffic has dropped noticeably this week, but that is actually great news!

Why?  Well, because it means that so many of my readers are out hunting!  This dip happens every year and it brings a smile to my face.

I do have some great links to share with you today, but if no one reads them, then good!  Hopefully those readers are out hunting the tail-end of this enormous cold front that is sweeping across the country.  That is what I will be doing all weekend!

Into the Light

A Case for Hunting (By a Non-Hunter)

The wife of an avid hunter comes to the realization that she can either become a temporary widow every Fall, or she can begin to tag along with her husband on his hunting trips.  She chooses the later and what she comes to realize is that she understands what drives her husband to hunt.  Read the story…

A Smart Tip for Storing Your Hunting Clothes

My buddy Randy from 365 Whitetail has a great tip on storing your hunting clothes.  (I wonder if I could steal one of these from my wife?…)  Learn more…

DIY Deer Processing

I love processing my own deer.  It is easy, fast, cheap, and brings yet another sense of satisfaction to putting meat on my family’s table.  If you want to get started processing your own deer this season, then check out these great articles, illustrations and videos from Grandview Outdoors.  Learn how to process tenderloins, hams, backstraps and shoulders.

How to Find and Hunt Funnels

The rut is coming soon and one of my favorite tactics for hunting the rut is covering funnels, pinch points, and down-wind sides of doe bedding areas.  Catch bucks on the move – Learn how…

Giveaway Winner and A Quick Question…

And the winner of the Real Avid Revelation lighted hunting knife is…

Real Avid Revelation Lighted Hunting Knife Giveaway Winner - Brent Seamons

Congratulations, Brent!  Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway and shared it with their friends!  Look for more giveaways in the future.

Quick Question

On Monday I published a post about my treestand setup for this year… 4 months, 6 properties, dozens of locations…1 treestand.  I have received several questions from folks that read the article, and I want to make sure I address all of them as best as possible. If you have any specific questions about using this method, or a similar one, please let me a comment below.  I am going to be writing a follow-up piece to discuss everyone’s questions and I want to make sure that you have an opportunity to be heard.

Good luck to everyone that is hunting this weekend!  We are currently experiencing record high temperatures, but a big cold front is moving in late this week, which should give us some great deer movement this weekend!

~Mark

4 Months, 6 Properties, Dozens of Locations, 1 Treestand

Setting a treestand

My hunting season this year is one giant experiment. Not only am I trying new tactics, but I am trying a lot of new properties. One way I am rolling the dice this year is by using one tree stand for the entire season.

4 months, 6 properties, dozens of locations…one treestand.

The idea of using one treestand isn’t all that new to me – I have used climbers almost exclusively for a few years now. But the problem with a traditional climbing treestand is that you spend nearly as much time hunting for the right tree as you do hunting deer; and often times, the “right” tree isn’t in the right spot.

Every hunt I am packing a treestand in on my back, setting it up, hunting, climbing down, gathering it all together and packing it back out on my back. That sounds like a lot of work, and in many ways it is. Could I really do this all season? Is it worth it? Why would I even do it?…

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The Paralysis of Hunting Analysis

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I don’t remember where I heard the phrase, but it has stuck with me for years…

“Don’t get stuck in the paralysis of analysis.”

I’m analytical by nature.  A researcher.  A thinker.  A planner.

Overall, this is a positive thing, but any strength can also become a weakness.

The “paralysis of analysis” manifests itself when I am so consumed by researching, thinking, and planning that I question the acting and doubt the doing.  The analysis leads to paralysis.

A lesson that I have learned over the past few hunting seasons is that I tend to over-analyze hunting.  I get too concerned with the wind, the gear, the moon, the this, and the that.  It is an easy trap to fall in to.

Where should I hunt?  What day should I hunt?  Are the deer going to approach from this direction, or that one?  Will the wind be good?  Are they still moving in daylight?  How should I approach this location?  Will this scent work?    Should I call?

What if I do this and the deer to that?

The questions are endless.  And questioning can be crippling.

We have made hunting too complicated, when it is really pretty simple.  Lesson learned.

Consider (don’t over-analyze) the conditions, check your gut, make a decision and be confident.

Less analyzing.  More hunting.

Please, tell me that I am not the only one that has had this problem…

Gear Giveaway – The Real Avid Revelation Lighted Hunting Knife

The Real Avid Revelation lighted hunting knife

Back in May of this year I was given the opportunity to begin using a couple of knives from Real Avid. Both the Viscera and the Revelation immediately impressed me.  Each knife has some amazing features, a great build quality, and is a great value.  I used both of those knives the rest of the spring, throughout the summer, and I am still using them for this hunting season.

In August I was given the opportunity to join Real Avid’s Field Staff, and since I already had quite a bit of experience using their products, I had no reservations about joining them.  (Real Avid not only makes some great hunting knives; they make an awesome lineup of truly innovative and unique tools for handguns, rifles, and my favorite – archery equipment.  Check out RealAvid.com to see their entire product lineup.)

I have an extra Real Avid Revelation and I thought it would be great to say “thank you” to my readers by giving it away to one of you!

How To Enter

You can enter the giveaway in any, or all, of the following ways…

  • Leave a comment below, telling me which Real Avid product you like the most.
  • Like the Sole Adventure page on Facebook.
  • Share this photo on Facebook.
  • Tweet this: “Win a @RealAvid Revelation lighted hunting knife from @SoleAdventure!  Enter here. . . http://bit.ly/WinRealAvid
You have 4 chances of entering!  Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 23rd.

The Real Avid Revelation

Here are the specs and some photos on the Revelation knife.  If you don’t win the giveaway be sure to check this knife out at your local outdoor store, your local Wal-Mart, or a Dick’s Sporting Goods.

  • 4.0″ drop point, polished 440 stainless steel blade
  • Two high intensity LED lights in handle
  • Soft touch rubber handle
  • Extra batteries included
  • Full tang fixed blade
  • Handle length: 5″
  • Ballistic nylon sheath
  • Waterproof
The Real Avid Revelation lighted hunting knife The Real Avid Revelation lighted hunting knife The Real Avid Revelation lighted hunting knife